September 15, 2011 - Connecticut Gov Still Under Water Despite Irene, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Give Power Companies Good Grades

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Despite an overwhelming 79 - 10 percent approval rating for the way he handled the response to Tropical Storm Irene, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy still has a negative 41 - 48 percent overall job approval rating, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

This compares to a negative 38 - 44 percent approval rating in a June 15 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. Today, Democrats approve 56 - 35 percent while Republicans disapprove 68 - 21 percent and independent voters split 43 - 45 percent. Men disapprove 50 - 43 percent while women disapprove 46 - 40 percent.

By a 45 - 23 percent margin, Connecticut voters like Gov. Malloy as a person, but dislike his policies 50 - 36 percent.

Malloy's gale-force grades for handling Irene are offset by his approval ratings on everyday matters:
  • Voters disapprove 55 - 36 percent of the way he is handling the state budget;
  • Voters disapprove 49 - 40 percent of his handling of public employee unions.
"Tropical Storm Irene put no wind in Gov. Dannel Malloy's sails," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, PhD. "Connecticut voters liked the way he responded to the storm, but this doesn't translate into a positive overall job approval rating."

"Gov. Malloy might be envious of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who apparently did get an Irene bounce.

"Almost half of Connecticut voters turn thumbs down on Malloy, with an even bigger negative for his handling of the state budget. Even among his Democratic base about a third disapprove of the job he is doing."

Connecticut voters approve 61 - 32 percent of the way the state's utilities handled the response to Irene, with consistent scores among all parties and among men and women.

Even people who lost power approve of the utilities, except for a 55 - 41 percent disapproval among those without power six days or more.

Utilities restored power in a "reasonable" amount of time, 67 percent of voters say, while 28 percent say "it was too slow and there's no excuse."

Even those without power six days or more say 51 - 45 percent that restoration was reasonable.

"Connecticut voters are very understanding of their utility companies," Dr. Schwartz said. "Two-thirds think the length of time it took to restore power was reasonable given the extent of the damage. That understanding, however, dropped with each day without power."

Tropical Storm Irene was a "serious problem," 12 percent of voters say, while 62 percent say it was an "inconvenience" and 25 percent say it did not affect them.

From September 8 - 13, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,230 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.



17. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling his job as Governor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              41%    21%    56%    43%    43%    40%
Disapprove           48     68     35     45     50     46
DK/NA                11     12      9     11      7     14
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling his job as Governor?
                     Sep 15  Jun 15  Mar 09
                     2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              41      38      35
Disapprove           48      44      40
DK/NA                11      18      25
 
 
18. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              27%    15%    41%    24%    27%    26%
Disapprove           57     74     43     56     63     52
DK/NA                16     10     17     19     10     22
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Sep 15  Jun 15  Jul 16  Jun 10  Mar 18  Jun 3   Sep 15
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2010    2004    2011
 
Approve              27      33      28      29      28      48      27
Disapprove           57      50      58      57      59      33      57
DK/NA                16      17      14      14      13      19      16
 
 
22. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Connecticut today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Very satisfied        2%     1%     3%     -      1%     2%
Smwht satisfied      27      9     44     24     25     29
Smwht dissatisfied   39     37     33     44     41     36
Very dissatisfied    32     52     19     31     33     32
DK/NA                 1      1      -      1      -      1
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Connecticut today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                             VERY+SMWHT SAT
                                                             High    Low
                     Sep 15  Jun 15  Mar 09  Jul 15  Jun 10  Oct 21  Sep 15
                     2011    2011    2011    2010    2010    1998    2011
 
Very satisfied        2       4       2       3       2      21       2
Smwht satisfied      27      30      29      38      42      62      27
Smwht dissatisfied   39      32      35      37      36      14      39
Very dissatisfied    32      35      33      22      19       3      32
DK/NA                 1       -       1       1       1       -       1
 
 
24. Regardless of how you feel about Dannel Malloy's policies, would you say you like or don't like Dannel Malloy as a person?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Like                 45%    30%    60%    43%    50%    40%
Don't Like           23     35     15     22     24     22
DK/NA                33     35     24     35     26     39
 
TREND: Regardless of how you feel about Dannel Malloy's policies, would you say you like or don't like Dannel Malloy as a person?
                     Sep 15  Jun 15
                     2011    2011
 
Like                 45      48%
Don't Like           23      18
DK/NA                33      34
 
 
25. And regardless of how you feel about Dannel Malloy as a person, would you say you like or don't like most of Dannel Malloy's policies?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Like                 36%    15%    49%    39%    40%    33%
Don't Like           50     72     37     48     51     50
DK/NA                14     13     14     13     10     17
 
TREND: And regardless of how you feel about Dannel Malloy as a person, would you say you like or don't like most of Dannel Malloy's policies?
                     Sep 15  Jun 15
                     2011    2011
 
Like                 36      37%
Don't Like           50      50
DK/NA                14      13
 
 
26. Turning to Connecticut's state budget... Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling the budget?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              36%    19%    52%    35%    43%    31%
Disapprove           55     72     40     55     53     56
DK/NA                 9      8      8     10      5     13
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling the budget?
                     Sep 15  Jun 15  Mar 09
                     2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              36      36      32
Disapprove           55      52      51
DK/NA                 9      13      16
 
 
27. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy handled negotiations with the state's public employee unions?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              40%    31%    48%    41%    46%    34%
Disapprove           49     58     41     49     46     51
DK/NA                12     11     11     10      8     15
 
 
28. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy handled the response to Tropical Storm Irene?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              79%    74%    84%    81%    82%    77%
Disapprove           10     14      8      8     10     11
DK/NA                10     12      7     11      8     12
 
                     DAYS WITHOUT POWER Q30........
                           One day
                     None  or less 2-3    4-5    6+
 
Approve              84%    78%    79%    80%    71%
Disapprove            9      9      8     13     18
DK/NA                 7     13     13      8     11
 
 
29. Do you approve or disapprove or the way Connecticut Light & Power and United Illuminating, the two utility companies, handled the response to Tropical Storm Irene?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              61%    59%    61%    62%    62%    61%
Disapprove           32     31     32     32     32     31
DK/NA                 7      9      7      5      6      8
 
                     DAYS WITHOUT POWER Q30........
                           One day
                     None  or less 2-3    4-5    6+
 
Approve              64%    69%    65%    60%    41%
Disapprove           28     25     30     34     55
DK/NA                 9      6      4      6      4
 
30. Did you lose power at your home due to Tropical Storm Irene? IF YES: Did you lose power for less than a day, one day, or more than one day? IF MORE THAN ONE DAY: How many days did you lose power?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Did not lose power   40%    36%    44%    40%    39%    42%
One day or less      14     13     13     15     16     12
Two-Three days       19     20     19     17     19     19
Four-Five days       15     20     15     13     15     15
Six days+            11     10      8     14     10     11
DK/NA                 1      1      -      1      2      1
 
 
31. (If lost power q30) Did you happen to have use of a generator during the time you were without power?
                     LOST POWER Q30
                     Tot
 
Yes                  29%
No                   71
DK/NA                 -
 
 
32. Which comes closer to your view about the length of time it took to restore power throughout Connecticut - It was reasonable given the extent of damage, OR It was too slow and there's no excuse?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Reasonable           67%    70%    68%    65%    68%    66%
Too slow, no excuse  28     25     29     31     28     28
DK/NA                 4      5      3      4      3      5
 
                     DAYS WITHOUT POWER Q30........
                           One day
                     None  or less 2-3    4-5    6+
 
Reasonable           66%    77%    74%    68%    51%
Too slow, no excuse  28     20     24     31     45
DK/NA                 6      3      2      1      4
 
 
33. Would you say that Tropical Storm Irene was a serious problem for you personally, an inconvenience for you but not a serious problem, or didn't Tropical Storm Irene affect you?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Serious problem      12%    12%    10%    13%    10%    14%
Inconvenience        62     65     64     61     68     57
Didn't affect me     25     23     26     25     21     29
DK/NA                 1      1      -      1      1      -
 
                     DAYS WITHOUT POWER Q30........
                           One day
                     None  or less 2-3    4-5    6+
 
Serious problem       5%     6%    14%    20%    34%
Inconvenience        44     71     81     79     64
Didn't affect me     49     23      5      1      3
DK/NA                 2      -      -      -      -
 
 

Demographic Summary